Camping is one of the best outdoor activities you can plan to do with family or friends. It is a way of relieving yourself from modern life stress. Even with the current advancements in tour and travel, most people still find it a perfect way of unwinding from their daily activities and relaxation. Camping allows you to connect with family and friends by bringing you together, sharing duties, and entertaining each other.
Camping is a carefree moment where everyone unplugs and forget about their troubles and worries. However, being a foreign home, some challenges come along. Other than experiencing a different way of life, pests and bugs are common trouble makers for camp lovers. In this article, we will guide you on some easy camping survival tactics to make your stay enjoyable and memorable. Keep on reading.
Selecting a campsite
Different campsites come with different exposures and different experiences for campers. It depends on what you are looking forwards to achieve. Some are situated in the deep natural forests and away from normal human life and technology, while some come just close to your neighborhood or a few minutes’ drives. All of these sites will be fun and provide you the time you need to recreate yourselves.
However, when looking for a place to camp, it is important to look into a few things. One of them is your safety and that of the entire family or group. If you are going deep into the wild, ensure you have a worked-out backup plan in case of an emergency. Alternatively, look for sites with security perimeter and security alert systems for any eventuality.
Secondly, the environment should be serene and unpolluted. It should be clean and clear of any health hazards. A change from urban life means moving to an environment full of fresh air, naturally green vegetation, clean flowing water and birds hamming in the morning. This is the camping life you want and doesn’t go for anything less.
Finally, the ground needs to be gently sloping to allow for drainage in case of a heavy downpour. It should also not be too steep to allow you and your friends to engage in fun activities, like playing games and doing physical exercise. The gentle landscape also allows you to keep watch and see any imminent threat from a distance.
Dealing with pests
camping is an affordable activity as many of the items you will consume or use are homemade or purchased from the retail stores. You also determine what to eat and drink and at what time. However, being in the natural world means you are not going to be alone. The outdoor environment is untamed, wild and can be challenging, especially with small creatures that sneak in quietly. I am not talking about snakes or squirrels but bugs. The little critters are out there and can be a little scary to deny you the fun.
However, don’t be worried as there are several ways you can successfully keep the bugs away to give yourselves a pest-free camping time. These include;
Keep the campsite clean
A clean environment is much safer for a campsite. Pests are attracted to any signs of free food, such as the smell of the food you are cooking. Its therefore important to keep all foods in sealed containers and any leftovers cleaned regularly to deny the critters an opportunity also to pitch camp. The barbeque can be sprayed with water mixed with a detergent to keep flies and ants away. Wipe the camp tables after meals. Wash any dishes on time and dispose of al, trash in plastic sealed containers.
Use bug sprays and repellents
There are efficient pest repellents available from accredited pesticide companies. These pesticides usually have an overnight ability to protect your tent from an infestation of pests such as mosquitoes and ants. Being a natural environment, avoid synthetic diffusers but rather use organic pesticides such as pyrethrum infused coils around the campsite.
Using lanterns and campfire
Campfires, lantern light, and wax candles are excellent ways to keep away insects besides providing a source of heat and light. The smoke from firewood is irritating to mosquitoes, flies, and many other bugs. Citronella candle has a pungent smell that makes the flies head north and can be scattered around the campsite in jelly jars.
Use tight zipping tents
Since it’s not advisable to use a lot of pesticides in the small and poorly ventilated enclosures, it is better to prevent pests from getting inside. You may spray some little pesticides some hours before going to bed then zip the entrance tightly. This will give time to the repellant to diffuse and eliminate any bugs inside. At night maintain the door zipped and close the tent flap. Then you can sleep comfortably, as the insects buzz from outside.
Clothes with infused repellant
Some pests may try to bypass all prevention measures to have a bite on your skin. Therefore, make sure you carry along some clothes with long sleeves and pants, especially in the evening, to prevent bug bites. But since some pests can bite through your clothing, that’s where clothes with insect repellant come to help. They are a better substitute to body creams besides avoiding the stickiness of creams on your skin.
For a first-timer, outdoor adventure can be met with mixed experiences. But with repeat ones, they find camping full of fun since they know what to expect and how to go about it. However, with such a conversant team or individual, you can be sure camping is a relaxing and refreshing experience you will never want to miss.
Pests are naturally out there, and it is us who into their territory but for a short while. They shouldn’t be a bother anyway with the right prevention measures in hand. Since camping is for a few days, the modes of pest control are mild, and you don’t need spray guns. Some small amounts of environmentally friendly pesticides, good hygiene, and the right tents should be enough to keep you upbeat.